The Linde Group continues to advance the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel, with today’s official opening of the world’s first small-series production facility for hydrogen fuelling stations in Vienna.
Linde’s Vienna Application Centre was extensively modernised and expanded specifically for this project.
A small-series hydrogen production facility has been added, representing not only a first of its kind in the industry but also a milestone on the journey towards a more widespread hydrogen infrastructure.
The expansion of production capacity in Vienna to 50 units a year dovetails with the introduction of the first series-produced fuel-cell cars by leading manufacturers such as Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Daimler between 2014 and 2017. Experts predict that tens of thousands of fuel-cell cars will be travelling Europe’s roads by 2018.
Prominent and international guests attended the opening today, including the Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, and the German Ambassador to Vienna. gasworld is also in attendance and full coverage from the event will be published in its upcoming Hydrogen Fuels supplement.
Many groundbreaking hydrogen fuelling innovations have originated from Linde’s research and development hub in Vienna in recent years, including its energy-efficient, compact ionic compressor, the IC 90.
At the opening ceremony, Linde and Iwatani Corporation announced that both companies had closed a deal for the delivery of 28 hydrogen fuelling stations with ionic compressors. The first of these units went on-stream today in Amagasaki near Osaka, Japan.
“The successful commercialisation of fuel-cell cars hinges on a sufficiently widespread hydrogen infrastructure…The development of small-series production capabilities is a key milestone on this journey”
“The successful commercialisation of fuel-cell cars hinges on a sufficiently widespread hydrogen infrastructure,” explained Professor Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.
“The development of small-series production capabilities is a key milestone on this journey. It gives us the flexibility we need to meet rising demand in different markets. Our standard agreement with Iwatani shows that we are on the right path along with our partners.”
Akiji Makino, CEO of Iwatani Corporation, was also at the opening ceremony and added, “Iwatani would like to contribute to the development of Japan’s hydrogen energy infrastructure by building on highly advanced ionic compressor technology from Linde.”
Unlike conventional piston-operated compressors, Linde’s IC 90 works with liquid salts. Because these ionic liquids do not have a vapour pressure, they do not evaporate or mix with the hydrogen gas. They also eliminate mechanical wear-and-tear and sealing problems inside the cylinders. In addition, the IC 90 increases energy efficiency.
Equipped with a sophisticated safety system and remote diagnosis and maintenance capabilities, the IC 90 meets all fuelling standards to ensure safe, silent fuelling and can achieve a pressure of 1,000 bar (14,500 psi) if required.
Highlights of the new small-series production concept include a high degree of standardisation across all components, which are installed in a compact 14-foot container for ease of transport and integration in existing fuelling stations.
Hydrogen: Fuel of our Future?
Full coverage of today’s opening ceremony in Vienna, including an interview with Dr. Aldo Belloni, will be published in an exclusive supplement coming up with the September issue of gasworld magazine.
Titled Hydrogen: Fuel of our Future?, the supplement is dedicated to hydrogen energy including features on:
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